PUBLISHED FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2003
Santa Rosa's top employee has passion for education
When the Santa Rosa County School District searched for its No.1
employee, it didn't take long to find a person who has the heart and
compassion to make a difference in the lives of students.
It took only one look at letters of nomination and
recommendations to select Regina Marek as the district's
School-Related Employee of the Year.
According to members of the selection committee, Marek's passion
for education and her efforts to make a difference in the lives of
her students are compelling reasons why she earned recognition as
the best employee in the district.
The Exceptional Student Education teacher assistant at West
Navarre Elementary School garnered high praise from Principal Anna
Ratliff, who said Marek "truly defines the ideal employee - one who
does what she can, where she can, with what she has, always with the
students' best interest in mind."
Clearly, it takes a team of good employees to make any business,
school or agency better. The Santa Rosa School District is
recognized throughout the state as one of the best. One reason for
its success undoubtedly is because of the kind of people who go the
extra mile to make their schools better.
Finalists Diane Newsome, a secretary at Holley-Navarre Middle
School, and Dianne Brooks, area supervisor in the food service
department, also are deserving of recognition for their service.
Given all the criticism about public schools and the ongoing
complaints over inadequate teacher salaries and poor performance by
students, it is refreshing when people like Marek are recognized and
honored for their hard work, commitment and dedication in the field